Uriah Hall

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Uriah Hall
Born (1984-07-31) July 31, 1984 (age 34)
Spanish Town, Jamaica
Other names Prime Time
Nationality Jamaican
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 79 in (201 cm)
Style Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of New York City, New York, United States
Team Extreme Couture
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate under Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts[2]
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jason Manly[3]
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 13
By knockout 9
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 9
By knockout 4
By decision 5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Uriah Alexander Hall[4] (born July 31, 1984) is a Jamaican-American mixed martial artist and former kickboxer who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, in its middleweight division. He was the runner up on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. Prior to his appearance on TUF, Hall competed in Bellator MMA and Ring of Combat, where he saw success in winning the ROC Championship. As of September 27, 2018, he is the #12 ranked contender in the official UFC middleweight rankings. [5]

Early life[edit]

Uriah Hall was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica but moved to Queens, New York in the United States at the age of thirteen. Upon his arrival in the US, he was bullied at school[6] but found refuge in martial arts at the age of 16.[7] He is a second degree blackbelt in Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts under Tiger Schulmann and also competed as a kickboxer in the World Combat League.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hall started his career 3–0, including a TKO victory over Edwin Aguilar at Bellator 11, before fighting for the vacant Ring of Combat Middleweight title. Hall missed weight by 0.25 lbs and paid $100 penalty to his opponent. Despite missing weight the fight remained a title fight. Hall won by first round submission.

In September 2010, Hall suffered his first professional loss as he was defeated by future UFC champion Chris Weidman by TKO.

Hall suffered his second loss to Costas Philippou at ROC 34: Ring of Combat 34 by majority decision.

Hall would get back to his winning ways, collecting 3 consecutive victories over Aung La Nsang, Daniel Akinyemi, and Nodar Kuduxashvili. He won the vacant Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship against Kuduxashvili.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

On January 9, 2013, it was announced that Hall had been selected as a fighter for the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.[9]

In the opening round to get into the house, Hall took on Andy Enz and won via decision. Hall was the number two fighter selection for Team Sonnen.

On episode 3 Hall faced Adam Cella from Team Jones. With just ten seconds left in the first round, Hall unleashed a devastating spinning hook kick to Cella's head that knocked him unconscious. The knockout was declared the most vicious knockout seen by Dana White over The Ultimate Fighter's eight-year history.[10]

With the win, Hall advanced on to the quarter-finals and took on Bubba McDaniel of Team Jones. Hall knocked McDaniel out with a right straight counter-punch just as he was advancing forwards in the first round. That one punch broke McDaniel's face in three places. This led to Dana White stating that Hall was the "most dangerous" fighter in TUF history and Chael Sonnen to say he will be a contender in the middleweight division.[11]

Hall faced Dylan Andrews in the semi-finals. He displayed a more technical approach, utilizing a jab through a majority of the first round. Taken down in the second round by Andrews, Hall attempted a kimura submission before throwing strikes from the bottom position that severely hurt Andrews and forced him to lose his top control and caused Hall to land massive ground & pound to secure the TKO victory for Hall.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

With his successful 4–0 run on the show, Uriah gathered lot of attention from the public. Hall then faced fellow Team Sonnen fighter Kelvin Gastelum in the finals at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[12][13] Kelvin Gastelum, in an impressive upset, won the fight via split decision.[14] Although Hall appeared in good spirits after the loss, the fight was not without controversy. While Gastelum had visible control of the fight in all three rounds, Hall fans have used FIGHTMETRIC[15] scores to highlight the statistical dominance held by Hall in the second and third rounds. When asked about his performance in the post-fight conference, Hall stated that his emotional side, stemming from liking and training with Kelvin had gotten the best of him. He went on to say "Kelvin is a great guy, he's a tough kid you know, I think he's going to go really far in this sport and I'm happy for him."[16]

Hall was expected to fight Nick Ring at on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[17] However, Ring was pulled from the bout and replaced by Hall's fellow The Ultimate Fighter 17 alumni Josh Samman.[18] However, on July 17, it was announced that Samman was out of the bout and that Hall would face returning UFC fighter John Howard.[19] He lost the fight via split decision.

Hall faced Chris Leben on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[20] Leading up to the fight UFC President Dana White said that it was a must win for Hall if he wanted to keep his UFC-contract.[21] Hall immediately landed a knee on Leben and landed multiple punches throughout the fight. Eventually Hall dropped Leben with a punch in the first round, though Leben was saved by the round ending. Leben asked his trainer "Did I get knocked out?" He then stated "I'm done, man" and the fight was ended between the first and second round.[22]

Hall fought through an injured toe against Thiago Santos at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014, to a win through unanimous decision.[23][24]

Hall was expected to face Costas Philippou on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59, a rematch of their previous fight in 2011.[25] However, Philippou would be forced out of the bout due to injury.[26] Hall was expected to face Strikeforce veteran Louis Taylor at the event,[27] On January 11, it was announced that Taylor pulled out of the fight due to a pulled muscle in his back and had his contract terminated as a result.[28] In turn, Hall faced promotional newcomer Ron Stallings, whom he defeated via TKO in the first round.[29] Hall knocked Stallings down with a punch and followed up with several more on the ground. When Stallings returned to his feet, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight to check a cut that had opened up on Stallings' face, and the ringside doctor declared the cut too severe for Stallings to continue.[30]

Hall lost via spilt decision against Rafael Natal on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[31][32] Hall was expected to face Krzysztof Jotko on June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69, replacing an injured Derek Brunson.[33] However, three days after the booking, Hall was removed due to an alleged visa issue. In turn, Jotko was removed from the card entirely.[34] Hall was expected to face Joe Riggs on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73, but Riggs pulled out of the fight in late July citing injury.[35] Riggs was replaced by promotional newcomer Oluwale Bamgbose, whom Hall defeated by TKO in the first round.[36][37]

Hall faced Gegard Mousasi on September 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 75, filling in for Roan Carneiro.[38] After being taken down and dominated on the ground throughout the first round, Hall stunned Mousasi with a spinning kick followed by a flying knee and earned the TKO stoppage with a flurry of punches on the ground in the opening seconds of the second round.[39] A significant underdog prior to the fight, Hall was awarded a Performance of The Night bonus.[40]

Hall made a quick return to the cage as he faced Robert Whittaker on November 15, 2015 at UFC 193, replacing an injured Michael Bisping.[41] Hall lost the fight by unanimous decision.[42]

Hall was expected to face Anderson Silva on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[43] However, Silva pulled out of the bout on May 10 after requiring a surgery to remove his gallbladder. As a result, Hall did not compete at the event.[44]

Hall next faced Derek Brunson on September 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 94.[45] Hall lost the fight by TKO in the first round.[46]

Hall next faced Gegard Mousasi in a rematch on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 99.[47] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round after being taken down and hit with multiple right hands.[48]

Hall faced Krzysztof Jotko on September 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 116.[49] After being rocked and mounted in the first round, Hall rallied in the second round and won via TKO due to punches.[50] The win also earned Hall his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[51]

Hall was expected to face Vitor Belfort on January 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi.[52] However on January 13, 2018, it was announced that Hall did not make it to weigh-in as he fainted en route to the weight-ins[53] and the bout was cancelled.[54]

Hall was expected to face Paulo Costa on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[55] However, Costa pulled out of the fight in mid-March with an arm injury.[56] In turn, promotion officials elected to pull Hall from that event entirely and reschedule the pairing for July 7, 2018 at UFC 226.[57] Hall lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.[58]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–9 Paulo Costa TKO (punches) UFC 226 July 6, 2018 2 2:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United State
Win 13–8 Krzysztof Jotko KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 2 2:25 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 12–8 Gegard Mousasi TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 November 19, 2016 1 4:37 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss 12–7 Derek Brunson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson September 17, 2016 1 1:41 Hidalgo, Texas, United States
Loss 12–6 Robert Whittaker Decision (unanimous) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 12–5 Gegard Mousasi TKO (flying knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 2 0:25 Saitama, Japan Performance of the Night.
Win 11–5 Oluwale Bamgbose TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 1 2:32 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 10–5 Rafael Natal Decision (split) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–4 Ron Stallings TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 1 3:37 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 9–4 Thiago Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–4 Chris Leben TKO (retirement) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–4 John Howard Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 7–3 Kelvin Gastelum Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale April 13, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost The Ultimate Fighter 17 Middleweight Tournament.
Win 7–2 Nodar Kuduxashvili Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 41 June 15, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship.
Win 6–2 Daniel Akinyemi Submission (heel hook) Ring of Combat 39 February 10, 2012 1 4:48 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–2 Aung La N'Sang KO (punch) Ring of Combat 35 April 8, 2011 3 1:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 4–2 Costas Philippou Decision (majority) Ring of Combat 34 February 4, 2011 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 4–1 Chris Weidman TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 31 September 24, 2010 1 3:06 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost the Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Roger Carroll Submission (punch) Ring of Combat 30 June 11, 2010 1 2:41 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Mitch Whitesel TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 27 November 20, 2009 3 2:34 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Edwin Aguilar TKO (head kicks) Bellator 11 June 12, 2009 3 4:31 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 1–0 Mike Iannone KO (punches) Ring of Combat 9 October 29, 2005 1 0:44 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States Light Heavyweight debut.

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Dylan Andrews TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen April 9, 2013 (airdate) 2 4:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 Semi-Final round
Win 3–0 Bubba McDaniel KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen April 2, 2013 (airdate) 1 0:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 Quarter-Final round
Win 2–0 Adam Cella KO (spinning hook kick) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen February 5, 2013 (airdate) 1 4:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 Preliminary round; Knockout of the Season
Win 1–0 Andy Enz Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen January 22, 2013 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 17 Elimination round

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